Collective road iftars distinguish Sudan's Ramadan

Every day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the elders in almost every Sudanese village or neighborhood take their seats at the corner of the roads or the streets minutes before the iftar time.

Collective road iftars distinguish Sudan's Ramadan

Every day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the elders in almost every Sudanese village or neighborhood take their seats at the corner of the roads or the streets minutes before the iftar time.

They bring along with them all kinds of food and drinks prepared to break the fast.

But the meals are not prepared for the elders, but rather for people driving on the roads or walking in the streets at the time of Iftar.

"This trend is particularly clear in the state of Gezira, on the Khartoum-Medani national road, which links the states of Khartoum and Gezira" Siddig Abdel-Wahid, 73, told Anadolu Agency.

"We used to compel the motorists and the drivers of the traveling buses or lorries to stop and eat the evening breakfast with us by placing barriers on the road to stop the traffic a few minutes before the sunset, which is the breakfast time, so the travelers dismount and have breakfast with us."

Some of the participants of these collective Iftars are living far away from the road, but the distance does not constitute an obstacle to them.

They believe what they are doing to be part of their religious duties during the holy month Ramadan, citing a hadith by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that whoever feeds a fasting person, God will reward him the same reward of the fasting person.

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking or having sex from dawn to dusk.

Fasting Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Joyful

Siddig al-Raid, 45, carries his fast-breaking meal from his home to the Khartoum-Medani road, a kilometer away, every day.

He waits for passers-by or wayfarers to invite them to share the meal with him.

“My sons have been helping me in doing this for the past five years, and thanks God they are very happy in doing so," al-Raid told Anadolu Agency.

When asked what happens if a bus carrying many passengers stops at their iftar site, Siddig answered with a big smile on his face.

“That is what we wish for every day.”

He said they would prefer to break their fasting on only water and dates and offer their guests all the prepared food.

“We can drink and eat later, when we return home,” Siddig said.

“You know what is most important to us is to provide our guests with drinks and food because that is a kind of worship."

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Abdelwahid Salih
Abdelwahid Salih - 7 yıl Before

You see everyone is happy, proud to provide food for travelers with lack of resources and possibilities however continue these beautiful habits. And everything that has been highlighted by you and others, we wish all the happiness and stability to all of you.wish to all of you a happy AID